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by Doug Pardee
June 9th, 2014, 4:23 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Difference between Java and Javascript
Replies: 0
Views: 4680

Re: Difference between Java and Javascript

Two totally different things, with similar names. They have nothing to do with each other.
by Doug Pardee
September 26th, 2013, 12:01 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Opinions - is this worth pursuing?
Replies: 3
Views: 2875

Re: Opinions - is this worth pursuing?

Very good. Better than the earlier version you'd posted. Aside from a few line edits, it reads very smoothly, each paragraph adding to the picture. There are some tiny details I might nit-pick at, but that wasn't the question you asked. Yes, I think this is an interesting character, and it's a very ...
by Doug Pardee
July 31st, 2013, 5:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Cartoon about story
Replies: 2
Views: 1728

Cartoon about story

by Doug Pardee
April 4th, 2013, 6:43 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Looking for Honest Feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 2497

Re: Looking for Honest Feedback

You asked for honesty. I intend the following as constructive feedback, although I'm afraid that my writing tone tends to come off a bit harsh. Please try to look beyond that. First, more than once you say that this is a novel. A novel is a work of fiction. From everything else you say, this sounds ...
by Doug Pardee
April 3rd, 2013, 1:55 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Harlequin prevails in class-action suit brought by authors
Replies: 0
Views: 2018

Harlequin prevails in class-action suit brought by authors

The US Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by three authors over e-book royalties for books published between 1990 and 2004. The authors said that their contracts called for getting 50% of the publisher's net receipts on e-books. ...
by Doug Pardee
March 19th, 2013, 6:07 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Will US publishing move off-shore?
Replies: 1
Views: 1816

Supreme Court rules First Sale still applies to foreign work

The Supreme Court of the United States has reviewed the above-mentioned case, and has decided 6-3 that the First Sale doctrine still applies to foreign-made books (and other copyrighted works) as long as the copies were lawfully made. SCOTUS overturned the Second Circuit's decision and found in favo...
by Doug Pardee
February 28th, 2013, 1:26 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Publisher's Right?
Replies: 2
Views: 22182

Re: Publisher's Right?

I'm not Nathan, but I can tell you right now: you need a lawyer for this. One that specializes in copyright issues. Accept no substitutes.
by Doug Pardee
February 25th, 2013, 6:10 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: B&N break-up proposed
Replies: 1
Views: 1651

B&N break-up proposed

[Not specifically about publishing] For those who haven't heard , Len Riggio, chairman of Barnes and Noble, has proposed to buy out (and take private) the B&N Retail division, which includes the trade bookstores and bn.com web site. That would leave the NOOK Media operation to stand on its own. NOOK...
by Doug Pardee
February 21st, 2013, 3:46 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: questions on a speculative thriller query
Replies: 4
Views: 2734

Re: questions on a speculative thriller query

First, what Quill said. This is a dry recitation of stuff. A query is supposed to be a tease that will make the reader want to read the manuscript to find out what happens, not an outline. You want to shorten this? That's easy. Take out all of the junk that the book isn't about, which is most of the...
by Doug Pardee
February 14th, 2013, 12:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third-Person, Omniscient
Replies: 8
Views: 4255

Re: Third-Person, Omniscient

Yes, that's correct. Nothing to add. ;)
by Doug Pardee
November 21st, 2012, 3:04 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: And then there were 4?
Replies: 0
Views: 1257

And then there were 4?

On the heels of the deal to combine Random House and Penguin, News Corp has announced that it is in negotiations to buy Simon & Schuster from CBS to combine with its own HarperCollins. According to a Wall Street Journal graphic, Penguin Random House would account for about 28% of US trade book sales...
by Doug Pardee
October 29th, 2012, 7:28 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What T.V. shows are you watching?
Replies: 27
Views: 16486

Re: What T.V. shows are you watching?

:( I've given up on Warehouse 13 . I've still got the final two episodes of the latest season still on my DVR, and I'm just not interested in watching them. It used to be fun. Now it's not. It's also turned into a serial, which I don't bother with. :D On the other hand, Haven has managed to find som...
by Doug Pardee
October 25th, 2012, 5:08 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Speculation: e-book pricing from Random Penguin
Replies: 2
Views: 1455

Speculation: e-book pricing from Random Penguin

The publishing world is all abuzz with Pearson's confirmation that it's in talks with Bertelsmann to merge Penguin with Random House. It's believed that Bertelsmann, Random House's overlord, would end up in control of the combined operation. Random House sells e-books under the Agency model with Req...
by Doug Pardee
October 17th, 2012, 7:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Authors are wacko: Swedish study
Replies: 7
Views: 2993

Re: Authors are wacko: Swedish study

One thing I find flawed, or maybe telling, about these types of studies, is that they look for the prevelence of mental health disorders and personality markers in authors and other creative types, rather than looking at the prevelence of people with mental health disorders and certain personality ...
by Doug Pardee
October 17th, 2012, 12:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Authors are wacko: Swedish study
Replies: 7
Views: 2993

Re: Authors are wacko: Swedish study

The problem with doing so...indeed the problem with doing so for any person...is the tendency of people to then indulge their own disgnosis. I got the impression from the press release (linked above) that another problem is treating the disorders: "the doctor and patient must come to an agreement o...